"Rest is an integral part of productivity, not a reward to save for when all tasks are done."
"Prioritizing rest isn’t the payoff for your other efforts in prioritizing; it’s actually part of the prioritization work itself."
"Rest is not the opposite of getting things done; it’s the catalyst or it. When you make time to recharge, you’re able to get more done the following day."
"This is something most of us understand intuitively and yet the choices we make don’t reflect that. We say we want and need just a few minutes of peace and quiet for ourselves during the day, and yet if we have a few extra minutes, we immediately look for something else that needs to be done so we can fill up that buffer time. If there’s nothing interesting or meaningful to do (for example, if we’re sitting in a doctor's office waiting for an appointment), we’ll pull out our phones and actively look for work we can do such as checking email or giving ourselves more information to process by scrolling through social media.This habit of filling every spare moment with mental stimulation and work causes us to wear ourselves out. Any small break in the day becomes an opportunity to do a random bunch of stuff--tasks that were NOT on our list of priorities for the day--and keeps us in that energy-draining decision mode. We work ourselves until we're literally collapsing into bed at night from exhaustion
and then wonder why we don’t have any energy the next day."